Initial thoughts from the Nuggets’ 126-121 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 4.
Monte Morris answers the bell. Nikola Jokic, great as he is, can’t do this alone, kids. When Nuggets coach Michael Malone asked his guys to respond — to fight — while down 3-0, a bunch of dudes raised their hands. But no one came up bigger than guard Monte Morris. The Nuggets point guard gave Steph Curry and Klay Thompson a taste of their own medicine, dropping five 3-pointers in the third quarter alone and scoring 24 points.
Nuggets bench mob returns. It takes a village to stay alive in a series when you’re down 3-0. On Sunday, the village turned up, especially off the bench. Fan favorite/cult hero Bones Hyland was on fire from long range. Austin Rivers racked up four steals in the first half alone. And Boogie Cousins made a huge impact in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter while Jokic was getting a breather.
New nickname for Draymond Green: “The Claw.” When the Warriors enforcer slapped at Nikola Jokic’s eye about 40 seconds into the game, a swipe that stopped play, officials didn’t rule it flagrant. Still photos of the incident disagreed, as Golden State’s big man can clearly be seen making a claw formation with his left hand, with his index finger digging into Joker’s right eye while Green’s thumb lodged into the center’s right nostril. Sometimes, stars in the NBA playoffs get their share of “no-calls,” too.